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Klopp Talk: Elliott’s Return Will Not Be Rushed

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Harvey Elliott Continues his Rehabilitation at Liverpool
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Jürgen Klopp sees Harvey Elliott as a long-term prospect and won’t jeopardize his future by rushing to have him return from his ankle injury.

When Harvey Elliott suffered a catastrophic ankle injury against Leeds United in September, he was appearing in just his fourth match of the season. While four matches is an incredibly small sample size, the promise, talent, and maturity he showed over the 250 minutes he played had everyone who watched him in awe.

In his brief introduction to playing in the Premier League for a title contender, he wasn’t just holding his own, but standing out as a key player, and his potential looked limitless. That’s what made the injury so heartbreaking. It was very quickly apparent that the player many of us had already come to adore was going to be on the shelf for a long time.

Fortunately, the updates on Elliott’s status as he works on regaining his fitness have all been quite positive thus far, and manager Jürgen Klopp gave another update in his press conference today ahead of Liverpool’s Saturday meeting with Southampton.

“I saw him running this morning,” Klopp told the assembled media. “He has a foot injury and there are rusty mornings when you get up and it does feel rusty, but he is running outside now with full body weight on it, that is a good sign.”

Another good sign is that Elliott has handled his injury layoff well from a mental perspective. It can be quite difficult to deal with the mental aspects of being sidelined for months at a time, and this can create problems for even world-class athletes. Fortunately, Elliott’s maturity and support system have helped keep his spirits up.

“When he will be back I have no idea,” admitted Klopp. “From a mental point of view, Harvey is rather an old soul, I would say he is very mature for a young age. He is completely fine with the situation, he has accepted it, he deals with it.

“Everybody around tries to help him. I think I must try and cheer him up some days, but it is rarely needed because he has a brilliant family at home and is a rather positive fella.”

The German manager also made a point to stress that what matters most is making sure the 18-year-old recovers fully before returning to the pitch. A young, talented prospect is not a player you rush back from injury, so every effort is being made to ensure he is truly ready before his name appears on the teamsheet.

“And yes we all hope from a physical point of view a young age helps him to recover quickly but quickly is not so important. Fully is the main thing. At the moment, and I hope I don’t eat my words, but I cannot see a scenario where we would think about rushing him back.

“He is our long-term prospect and each day we can get him back earlier is great, but we will not rush that.”

Enyimba players stuck in Morocco ahead of Sunday Match against Al-Ittihad

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Enyimba players and technical crew are still stuck in Morocco because of a sudden change in plans by the home side (Al-Ittihad), and CAF has not been helping matters.


Al-Ittihad (Libyan side) changed the venue of their #CAFCC game to Tunisia (which has very stringent COVID 19 vaccination laws) on short notice.


Enyimba were asked to present their vaccination certificates upon arrival in Morocco before heading to Tunisia.


Enyimba couldn’t provide it; efforts to get some waiver via the Nigerian Embassy in Tunisia didn’t also work out. So, the team had to pass the night at the airport.


Meanwhile, Enyimba had secured Libyan visas before they got the info that the game would be played in Tunisia.


The Tunisian authorities agreed to grant them waivers, but they haven’t received them yet. Read more …

Dessers vows to continue goalscoring form for Feyenoord

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Super Eagles striker Cyriel Dessers has vowed to continue his fine form for Feyenoord.


Dessers enhanced his reputation as one of the best substitutes in Europe this season when he netted another brace for the Arse Slot’s side in the UEFA Conference League game against Slavia Phaha on Thursday.


Dessers started the game from the bench and was introduced to the action on the 19th minute after Bryan Lissen picked up an injury.


Dessers canceled out Peter Olayinka’s opener, before scoring his second of the game on the 91st minutes to restore parity for his side and send them to the next round in the process.


The 26-year-old who also scored against Union Berlin said he’s delighted with the performance and vowed to continue the streak for his team.


“Prague, Berlin, To be continued” he posted on his Social media handle with love emoji.


Dessers joined Feyenoord on a season-long loan from Genk. The Dutch side has the option to make the deal permanent at the of the season. Read more …

Almeria boss hails Sadiq Umar’s impact on the club

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Almeria manager Joan Francesc Ferrer Sicilian is happy with the impact of his Nigerian striker Umar Sadiq.


Umar scored 16 goals as the Rojiblancos narrowly missed promotion back to the top flight division last season.


However, The 24-year-old, started his second season with the club in a similar fashion — scoring seven goals in 16 appearances this season.


“I’m hallucinating with him because this week has been one of his happiest since he’s been here,” said the 51-year-old. “He finally understands that you can play football well and not score.


Aside from the goals, Sadiq Umar has assisted six goals, something he was lacking last season.


“Talking to him, he told me that he was happy with the play of the second goal against Valladolid (for which he played the decisive pass). These are the things that are going to make Almería even bigger because if players of this level put their humanity in, it transmits calmness.” The Spanish manager concluded. Read more …

We have to get results against Napoli – Rodgers tells Ndidi and others

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Brendan Rodgers has advised Wilfred Ndidi and his teammates not to relax after their good performance against Legia Warsaw in an Europa League game on Thursday.


Ndidi was among the scorers as the Foxes pummeled the Polish side 3-1 at the King Power Stadium on Thursday night.


Ndidi who gave away a penalty made amend when he head James Madison’s corner past the goalkeeper to make it 3-1.


The victory catapulted Leicester City from 4th position to the top of the standing, but they must avoid a defeat against Napoli on the last day to advance to the next round.


Chatting with the media, Rodgers hailed the players but insisted that the race for the next phase is not over.


“We’re at the top, in a great position and they (Napoli) will need to win and we need to get a result.


“Going into the last game, if we had said that before we kicked off, we would have taken that.


“You see the quality in the group, like Spartak beating Napoli and all the teams having good results but we are in control where we finish. Our objective at the beginning was to qualify so that’s all in our hands.”He said. Read more …

Quadri matches on at the WTTF World championship

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Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna has advanced to round 16 of the ongoing WTT Global championships in the United States of America.


The 13th seed kept his cool as he navigated his way past India’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran to book a place in the men’s singles last 16.


Quadri Aruna won the first set   11-9, before losing 7-11 and 13-15 in the second and third sets.


However, Aruna then took the fourth set 11-3, while Sathiyan Gnanasekaran won the fifth 11-4.


The African number one ranked then prove his class, as he took the final two sets 11-9, 11-7 to advance to the next round.


Quadri will be playing in the last 16 of the World Championships for the first time after the previous 3rd round exit in Hungary.


He’s currently the only African remaining in the men’s singles in Houston. Read more …

Dessers’ brace deny Olayinka and Slavia Praha vital win in UEFA Conference League

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Super Eagles of Nigeria stars Cyriel Dessers and Peter Olayinka clashed in the UEFA Conference League on Thursday.


Olayinka’s Slavia Praha hosted Dessers and his Feyenoord teammates at the Eden Arena for the Group E encounter.


While Olayinka started the game, Dessers came on as a substitute and managed to rescue Feyenoord from defeat by scoring a brace.


Peter Olayinka opened scoring for the home team on the 12th minutes, after combining well with Danish star Alexander Bah.


Dessers was introduced into the game six minutes later as he came on for Dutch striker Bryan Lissen.


The 26-year-old continued his habit of scoring and grabbed equalizer for Feyenoord a minute after half hour mark.


Slavia Praha regained their lead on the 66th minute, thanks to a decent finish from Jan Kuchta.


Slavia Praha were two minutes away from maximum points, before Cyriel Dessers restored parity for his team on the 91st minutes.


The draw takes Feyenoord to top of the group with 11 points, while Slavia Praha remain second with 7 points. Both side have played 5 matches. Read more …

Pillars excited to start new season in Uyo after opening day fixture against Akwa united – Musa

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 Kano Pillars coach Ibrahim Musa has stated that he is excited that the Sai Masugida will get their campaign underway this season against an opponent which cost them the league title last season after being held to a draw under a cloud of debatable circumstances. 

Musa speaking in a chat with after the draws and date for the new season was released stressed that it’s a grudge battle and it is also very important for the Kano based side who want to ensure that they start the next season on a positive note and try as much as possible to be in the lead for the league title as early as the opening weeks of the new season.

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Aruna excited with first ITTF world championship round of 16 ticket

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Nigeria and Africa top table tennis player Quadri Aruna has expressed delight after progressing to the round of 16 for the first time at the ongoing International Table Tennis Federation world championship in Houston Texas following a 4-3 win over Indian’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran after the previous 3rd round exit in Hungary.

Aruna who is currently the only African remaining in the men’s singles in Houston said in a chat captured by while speaking with ATTF media that he is excited to have achieved this feat for the whole of Africa and he believes Nigerians will also be proud of him while he wants to continue to progress.

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Moses savors Spartak Moscow’s win over Napoli

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Victor Moses is impressed with Spartak Moscow’s victory over Napoli in the Europa League.


Moses played a significant role as the Russians defeated the Italian Serie A leaders 2-1 at the Otkritie Arena last night.


Russian forward Aleksandr Sobolev scored a brace for the Russians and the 29-year-old former Nigerian international assisted the second goal.


Moses has now assisted four goals for Spartak Moscow in the Europa League and also scored twice.


Reacting to the results, Moses described it as an important win for his team in the race for qualification for the round of 16.


” Another Important victory for the team ” the former West Ham and Liverpool winger said in a social media post.


The Russian side’s victory has them top of the group with Napoli in second place, level on points. But if Leicester City and Legia Warszawa’s game ends in a win, the Serie A club will slump down to the third position in Group C with one game left to play.


Moses won the competition twice with Chelsea and played in another final with Italian Serie A giants, Inter Milan. Read more …